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Classroom Happenings

*Sixth grade ELA classes will be reading “Among the Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This novel lends itself to argumentative writing activities, as the main character has to make a major decision that will make an impact not only on his life, but the lives of his family members. Ms. Parisi’s class entered an “I Survived…” Scholastic writing contest. The students brainstormed and researched interesting topics for an “I Survived…” book. Included in the ideas are: “I Survived the Bubonic Plague”; “I Survived Friday the Thirteenth”; and “I Survived Ebola” - LOL… Fingers are crossed for a winner!! Team 6C ELA classes are busy reading independently and focusing on the mystery, fantasy, and science fiction genres. All the students loved reading “Percy Jackson, the Lightening Thief”, and our knowledge of Greek Mythology has been greatly enhanced! In Sixth Grade Math classes—Students began the unit in Algebra (Module 4—Expressions and Equations). Students will be studying this unit for many weeks throughout the third quarter. In Science classes, students are learning about renewable and non-renewable. The next unit of study will be electricity. In other Science news, the Science Showcase is in six weeks! Teams 6A and 6C will have their showcase on March 26th from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.; and Teams 6B and 6D will have theirs on March 27th from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. here at LCBMS. The teachers are looking forward to all the wonderful experiments that will be displayed! Come out and see the wonderful world of science! Sixth grade Social Studies classes are finishing up ancient Egypt and beginning ancient China. Students will read the book, “The Emperor’s Silent Army”, about the clay soldiers found buried in China, depicting the armies of the Qin Dynasty. Students will also learn about the ancient Chinese philosophies and the achievements made by the ancient Chinese, like The Great Wall and the Silk Road.

*Seventh grade Social Studies classes are finishing up the American Revolution and others are well into the Constitution and the way our government works. Ms. Fox’s classes are learning about the development of our government system and how our freedoms are supposed to be safeguarded by the U.S. Constitution. Toward the end of the month, we will examine how George Washington (demonstrating outstanding leadership skills) took something only vaguely described in the Constitution and made it into the American Presidency. In Science classes, Mr. Murray’s Winter Birds Project is in full swing. Math classes are solving equations and moving into percent. ELA classes are reading short stories or passages to find sensory details.

*In Art classes—Ms. Rosenkampff's students continue to learn and use the elements of art throughout each class period. Recently, students have started to design their extended projects which are due on April 11th. In addition to this assignment, seventh grade students will be using their new found knowledge of symbolism to create plaster masks inspired by African tribes. Some 8th graders will be creating symmetrical butterfly or lizard sculptures using wire armatures. while others with be inspired by the Pop Art style to create enlarged grid drawings.  In Ms. Graessle’s art this quarter, sixth graders will delve into imaginative drawing and painting that explores the use of space in an artwork.  Seventh graders will begin to analyze and draw a still life and work with table mates to create a strong composition for their artwork.  They will learn more about color relationships and enjoy the painting process.  Updates on these projects can be found on Ms. Graessle’s website.

*Mrs. Novak’s Computer Application 6th/7th grade classes are working on using Google Apps for Education and creating projects focusing on Digital Citizenship.  Both grades are also using Typing Agent to improve their typing skills.  All students have access to Typing Agent even if they are not currently enrolled in a computer class.

2017-2018 Yearbook Info

Order your 2017-2018 Copper Beech Yearbook on-line now!  Yearbooks can be purchased at www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks are for sale for $44.08 (tax included) until the end of February, at which point, the price will increase slightly.  Hold on to your confirmation as proof of purchase, and in June, you will have a wonderful yearbook to document memories from the middle school.  Time is running out to put your thoughts, well wishes, and congratulations into words and pictures.  Yearbook recognition ads are a great way to communicate student achievement and important milestones.  You can now place an ad on-line at www.gradad.com.  This feature is available on-line ONLY.  All information needs to be put directly into the website and must be done and paid for in full by February 15, 2018 (note change in date).  Ordering information for both the yearbook and personal ads is available on the Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School homepage.

Nurse's Notes

Spring Sports:  Reminder to all athletes—if you would like to play a sport for school, then a current physical exam is required to be on file in the Nurse’s office.  Keep in mind—a physical exam is valid for one year from the date listed on the exam, and states that the student is cleared for sports participation. Blood pressure, vision and hearing are mandated requirements for sports participation.  Should your child need screening, please have them check with the Nurse’s office.  Spring sports offered at Copper Beech Middle School include:  Boys Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, and Girls Softball.  On-line registration for middle school sports opens on Wednesday, February 21st, and closes on Tuesday, February 27th at 3:00 p.m.  If you do not register your child on-line by February 27th, this may jeopardize their sports participation.  On February 21st, a link to the form will be posted on the “Online Sports Certification Procedures” web page.

7th Grade Students for 2017/2018 School Year

On October 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 401 of the laws of 2015 which amended New York State (NYS) Public Health Law (PHL) Section 2164 to require children entering or attending all Seventh and Twelfth graders on or after September 1, 2016, to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against Meningococcal Disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Meningococcal Meningitis is a serious disease which can lead to death within hours.  Survivors may be left with severe disabilities, including the loss of limbs, cognitive deficits, paralysis, deafness, or seizures.  Please contact your Health Care Provider for an appointment and for further details.  Once your child has received the vaccine, please provide the school nurse with a copy of the immunization record.  Keep in mind NYS Education Laws also require a copy of your child’s most recent exam.  An exam is valid if dated after September 4, 2017.

Thank you,

LCBMS School Nurses

 From Our Student Assistance Councelor

Nothing is more impactful in shaping the life trajectory of a child than the values he or she learns at home.  Children learn through the modeling of their parents, grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers, but what if that family is impacted by someone’s substance or alcohol use?  Everyday in the United States an estimated 19 million children and teens are affected by or exposed to a family alcohol problem.  Many others are impacted by a family member’s prescription misuse.  Research shows that many of these students suffer in silence and believe that they are somehow responsible for their loved ones use and don’t know how to ask for help. 

This month is National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Month—a month dedicated to these children who often feel like they have nowhere to turn.  If you know of a student who is suffering in silence, encourage them to reach out and get help.  Lakeland offers confidential counseling through Student Assistance Services to any student who may be effected by this issue.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the LCBMS Student Assistance Counselor, Aisling Baynes on x39965.

Spring Concert Schedule

May 21               7th Grade Band
                           1/2 6th Grade Band
                           7:00 p.m. WPHS

May 22               7th Grade Chorus
                           1/2 6th Grade Band
                           7:00 p.m. WPHS

May 23               6th & 7th Grade Orchestra
                          7:00 p.m. WPHS

May 24              8th Grade Orchestra
                          8th Grade Band
                          7:00 p.m. WPHS

June 6               6th & 8th Grade Chorus
                          7:00 p.m. WPHS

June 7              Special Groups Concert
                         (Ensembles & Honors Chorus)
                         7:00 p.m. LCBMS